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Norman R. Snell

December 15, 1920 August 24, 2012
Norman R. Snell
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Norman Radell Snell, was born on December 15, 1920. He was a gorgeous baby, which he received naturally from his beautiful Mother, the late Clara Snell Boston. He was born in New York City and received his education in the New York City school system. He also treasured the time that he spent as a child in southwestern Virginia riding on his Grandfather’s back and spending a lot of memorable quality time with his Grandmother. While he was his Mother’s only child, he was fortunate to have a host of aunts and uncles and plenty of cousins to play with while in Virginia during holidays and summer vacations. He was so proud of his Virginia family heritage and often boasted about it to all he met. As a young man, he lived in New York City and later Long Island, NY until he permanently moved to Crewe, Virginia in 1986 upon his retirement. Norman worked in the automotive industry as well as the New York City College system.
Long Island, NY is where he met, fell in love and married Alice M. Bland. Through that union, Norman gained a daughter, Ann E. Bland Neal (Dexter), and Alice gained a son, Denny Snell. While Norman attended the Holiness Church of Jesus Christ in Hollis, NY, he also enjoyed “coming home” and attending church services at Mount Zion Baptist Church in Charlotte Court House, VA. He loved to fellowship with his family and friends and eat good home cooking. Norman truly loved his family, and after talking to him for a spell, if you were not related to him at the beginning of the conversation, you would definitely be related to him once the conversation was over!
Norman was a true “Renaissance” gentleman. He was always concerned about the well being of his family. He had a youthful spirit, and he took it upon himself to teach and advise his family and closest friends about caring for and loving one another. Norman truly loved everyone, and while his death was a surprise to us all, know that he went peacefully and in God’s hands. Norman was a caregiver, and because of that, we know that he will continue to watch over the love of his life, Alice, and his loved ones in good and bad times.
Left to cherish his memories are his wife, Alice Snell; his daughter, Ann Neal (Dexter); his son, Denny Snell; his granddaughter, Kim Neal; one sister-in-law, Daisy Ford (Louis); two nieces: Thelma Tucker (William Sr.) and Sundeany Fitzgerald; two nephews: Aubrey Pitts (Virginia) and Louis Ford, Jr. (Joyce); and a host of great nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.
Funeral Services Saturday, September 1, 2012 at First Nottoway Baptist Church, Crewe with interment in the Crewe Cemetery.
W.E. Hawkes & Son Funeral Home of Blackstone in charge of arrangements.
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